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Roma 3-4 Juve: a magical melodrama with more twists than a HBO series

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Every now and then, a football match comes along that defies explanation. “Was Roma-Juve a comeback or a collapse?” asked the front-page of Monday’s Corriere dello Sport, but those options seemed too narrow. This game...

Salernitana’s ghost game could be a farcical end to their Serie A journey

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There were at least 16 Salernitana fans at the Dacia Arena on Tuesday. It is no small commitment to make a 1,000-mile roundtrip to support a team that sits bottom of the standings on a weeknight in December. The group...

Vlahovic plays Father Christmas for Fiorentina but parting gift may not be far away

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Dusan Vlahovic finished off a weekend’s work by playing Father Christmas. He had already delivered two goals for Fiorentina on Saturday, helping them to a 4-0 win over Salernitana at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, but wh...

Love turns to bitterness for Mourinho as Inter storm the Stadio Olimpico

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José Mourinho cancelled his press conference before Roma’s match against Inter on Saturday, denying us a window into his emotions as he prepared to face his former club in Serie A for the first time. Eleven years had ...

Gianluca Scamacca shaping up to realise his Italy World Cup vision

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Gianluca Scamacca had a vision for how he wanted this season to play out. Asked in August whether he could earn a role for Italy at next year’s World Cup, the Sassuolo striker demurred, reminding the interviewer from ...

Juventus’s season is going from bad to worse … on and off the pitch

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After losing 4-0 to Chelsea, Juventus’s week only went downhill. Tuesday’s Champions League drubbing was followed up by another loss at home to Atalanta on Saturday. In-between, the club’s offices were raided by polic...

Antonio Conte’s attraction for Spurs is clear – he wins wherever he goes

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Antonio Conte believes he can end a 13-year trophy drought at Tottenham. He has not said so publicly just yet, but this is a man who has described the pursuit of victory as “an obsession, a drug”. When Conte joined In...

Giovanni Simeone writes own story as Verona leave Juventus on the canvas

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Giovanni Simeone gets tired of every conversation coming back to his father. All through his development as a youth player, he had to put up with the suspicions of strangers. People who might have never seen him play,...

Apprentice beats the mister: Dionisi downs Allegri as Juventus lose again

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Before kick-off at Allianz Stadium, Alessio Dionisi posed for photographs with Massimiliano Allegri. There was a faint awkwardness to the scene, something contrived in the media narrative that sought to present the Sa...

Inside No 9: no hexes yet for Giroud as Verona lose voice in Milan again

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For almost an hour, it had seemed as though a curse was about to be broken. Hellas Verona have never won a game at San Siro: not even in that magical 1984-85 season when they became champions of Italy. Sixty-eight tim...

The Sarri era finally takes flight as Lazio seize moment for derby delight

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Maurizio Sarri looked at the eagle perched on his wrist and started to laugh. Olimpia, Lazio’s club mascot of the past 11 anni, is quite a presence up close: a 12kg bird of prey with a two-and-a-half-metre wingspan. ...

Mourinho goes on Special Run after Roma find victory in his 1,000th game

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In the 91st minute of his 1,000th game as a professional football manager, José Mourinho turned and started running. His fist was raised, and his mouth was open as he careened down the sideline at the Stadio Olimpico,...

Eight games, 31 goals, seven reds: Italy no less exciting for lack of Lukaku

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So much for easing in gently. Serie A returned from its summer break with eight games, 31 goals and seven red cards. Pick a city, pick a story. In Milan, Simone Inzaghi opened his Inter tenure with a 4-0 victory to ma...

Tearful Donnarumma lays marker as Italy’s heir to Buffon

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Giorgio Chiellini took the cup to bed with him on Sunday night. Bene, it would be more accurate to say Monday morning. Italy’s captain insisted he was only continuing a tradition established by Fabio Cannavaro after t...

Roberto Mancini honours promise to make Italy champions of Europe

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The England fans sang “It’s Coming Home”, but a banner at the blue end of Wembley begged to differ. “Football’s Coming Rome” might not be good grammar, but a little artistic licence must be allowed when your team is m...

Jorginho’s metronomic presence has become the beating heart of Italy

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Italy can count themselves fortunate to have a manager who knows how to change his mind. Six years ago, back when Roberto Mancini was still in charge at Inter, he expressed a narrow view of which players ought to repr...

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